.. for 23.4 million rural Americans – roughly the population of New York City and Los Angeles and Chicago and Houston and Philadelphia and Phoenix and San Antonio and San Diego, combined –access to quality broadband internet remains out of reach. We need innovative solutions to bridge this gap and bring broadband access to rural America.
In the rural homes, farms, hospitals, and schools without broadband internet access, there are bigger issues than streaming the latest Netflix series the moment it drops.
Agriculture is less efficient without the connections required by the latest farming tech.
Students cannot access the same educational resources as their broadband-enabled classmates.
Patients must drive for hours to reach specialized doctors with internet-connected databases.
And countless Americans are left on the wrong side of the digital divide.